Tuesday
Mar202018

The Political Poser Problem

Fake it till you make it seems like more than reasonable greeting card advice for newbies these days, even an American ideal.  Perhaps we have a century of progress to blame, so much change; and thank God for that, so much is better.  Exept perhaps for an abundance of mercurial posers.

Would you rather have a waitress take your order that was pretending she knew what she was doing, or one that knew what she was doing?  Would you rather have a skilled pilot or one that was just appropriately dressed and a good actor?  Would you rather a lover was just faking?  How about musician?  An arcitect?  Your police?  Your doctor?

And yet in US politics this logic gets flipped on its head and experience, knowledge and competency are considered the accumulation of terrible unforgivable sins.  It just isn't so.  Yes, corruption exists, but given the choice of heart surgery by either: (1) a doctor that may overcharge ~ (2) a believeable actor that denys overcharging and doesn't know your aorta from a portal vein, I think a majority of informed Americans would make a rational health care choice. 

The risks our nation faces are every bit as dramatic in politics.  We risk our place in this world, an era of peace and prosperity.  China is ascendant in asian economics with the withdraw of US pacific trade partnerships,  discord is offered to allies instead of friendship, Puerto Rico still doesn't have the power back on (As of March 20, 2018- 105000 of 1.5 million customers are still without power and people are still dying there as a result.) 

We need government that is ready to help when things go bad.  We need the people trusted with the care of our nation to be real tallents, not hacks, not posers, not pretenders.  We need them working toward the common good, not exclusive self intrest.  We need them to do the right thing, even if when it is difficult.   I want an informed electorate, not a misguided lied to electorate.   We need truth, not ruse.   We need expertise and excellence.

Lying posers really are the worst.

Friday
Jan262018

The Sword of Damocles

Hung by an ass's hair, sharply pointing down, held above the heads of those that rule...  Mueller?

Metaphorically, any democracy governed without unity or clear majority, probably has or needs danglers.

Thursday
Jan252018

Slightly Used Sputnik

The White House has suggested Nasa need to do more.  And with that goal in mind they seem to be floating the idea of ending ISS (international space station) support by 2025 in order to restructure Nasa's budget priorities in a way that liquidates 2.08 billion a year.       

I can't say I'm in love with the idea.  Minus US support that turns the ISS into what, a new sputnik?  The US, at present, barely has human survivable orbital rocketry, apologies Tesla, the future isn't quite here yet and your track record proves it.  (MAR 20 2018 UPDATE:  Falcon rockets are beautiful +15 points and powerful +15 points, but you didn't land all 3 stages (-5 points) and didn't hit your indended orbit -25 points.  And what a show +1 points.  So all total, thats +1 step forward at least.  Oh, I hasten to include I'm not the Dustan Doud that works for SpaceX- such a common name - there are so many of us - nope I'm totally some other guy.)

The notion that we can build a moon base for somewhere around 16 billion dollars liquidated from an international pledged treaty in support of the ISS seems like a long con or recklessly numb skulled.  Sure that kind of money will buy seventy KC46 Boeing Pegasus jet fighters, but they won't be flying to the moon or setting up a base there. 

The White House has suggested Nasa need to do more.  And with that goal in mind they seem to be floating the idea of ending ISS (international space station) support by 2025 in order to restructure Nasa's budget priorities in a way that liquidates 2.08 billion a year.       

I can't say I'm in love with the idea.  Minus US support that turns the ISS into what, a new sputnik?  The US, at present, barely has human survivable orbital rocketry, apologies Tesla, the future isn't quite here yet and your track record proves it.  

The notion that we can build a moon base for somewhere around 16 billion dollars liquidated from an international pledged treaty in support of the ISS seems like a long con or recklessly numb skulled.  Sure that kind of money will buy seventy KC46 Boeing Pegasus jet fighters, but they won't be flying to the moon.  

I estimate a cost of 3 billion dolars just for fuel to get two cargo containers (say filled with a robotic crane/arm/scoop, solar panels and dump-truck-dozer-forklift and regolith solar sinter brick maker) landed on the moon.  If a human base is going to be bigger than two cargo containers, the crane will be needed to start piling up & solar sintering regolith and moving/attaching/burying additional landed cargo containers... although a entirely robotic base could do without meter thick solar flare shielding well enough.  

The true cost of a lunar base reminds one of the cost of landing colonies in America circa 1500.  The US isn't going to win a 2020's lunar colonial land grab by playing mister miser.  

Friday
Dec082017

On The Bus to America's Future

I think terrible metaphors are a fun thing.  

So if you are an American, welcome aboard.  Please take your seat next to all the other citizens riding the bus.  Why yes little girl, the bus does have a name, it is called the "US Economy."   You'll notice we've had a bit of a problem with the bus - it was going too slowly.  So our congressional mechanics removed that pesky steering wheel and wedged it against the gas petal.  No- I've been assured absolutely nothing will go wrong.  

Now, little girl, please take a seat at the back of the bus.  The front seats are reserved for households making more than $75,000 per year in income... maybe a few thousand less if you live in a Red state or a few thousand more  if you live in a Blue state - because on average Red states don't push the bus forward as much as blue states do so we need to penalize the blue states to make it more fair for the nice Red states so maybe someday they can eventually contribute more and make the bus go faster.  What little girl, that doesn't make any sense, yes it does it called political retribution.  Why, yes, again I've been assured this is a fine and wonderful thing, and of course hobbling the blue states will make the bus go faster.

Out the back windows of the bus you may notice the bus is dragging a bunch of odd things- even a huge honey wagon filled with debt, wars and junk.  Why yes, there are demons out there aggressively shoveling on more debt, but not to worry, this is normal and I'm told that as we pick up speed they won't be able to keep filling that titanic honey wagon dragging along behind us by a length of chain.  

"Caviar, fine wine and health care is now being served"  Oh, no, not to you little girl.  We would be going so so much faster now, but 62 percent of the money we burn to make the bus move goes to the one bus driver, and without out it driver couldn't have caviar and wine.    Why you ask does the bus driver get 62% of all the money?  Tut tut.  So full of a foolish questions you ask.  To work the bus breaks of course!  And they get to decide how much everyone else pays to push the bus - and they see fit to use your pittance rather than burn their own.  Don't worry about them pushing down the breaks, they would never do that, because that would slow the bus down.  Not to worry.  Isn't all this such a clever and special way to make the bus go even faster?

What little girl, the bus didn't let you off at your stop, "The American Dream?"  Well that's because the bus is picking up speed and only a few of the people in the front of the bus were able to jump out the door as we drove by.  And certainly nobody is willing to push the break- that big honeywagon of shit will keep rolling toward us if we stop after all.  Where is the bus headed now?  Nobody really knows- to a happy prosperous short term future I think.   And beyond that forests and mountains and cliffs and oceans.  And as we drive and drive along, happy at top speed, with that big slushy unstoppable wagon bouncing behind us with no steering wheel towards a great many obstacles....  

Everything will be fine.  Just fine.  That's what they tell me. Not to worry.

Friday
Nov102017

Veteran's Day

To those serving in active duty:  You are amazing!  Hearty thanks for your ongoing service to our nation  Really I mean it, not an easy job and you have earned so many thanks and made hard sacrifices.  Stop by, i’ll serve any active service members a free cappuccino as long as I have beans, cups, milk and water in my house.   Really, I can’t thank active service members enough.  I really feel like I should be doing more to support your ongoing efforts.  Tell me where to ship some cookies   Even if Veteran's day isn't usually about active service members, I'm still praying for you.  God bless you all.

Oh- and Veterans:   Thank you for once serving our country!   A Sincere Happy Veterans Day to you.

 

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